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World Without End

A book by Ken Follett

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Well worth the wait ! ! ! ! !

  • Oct 9, 2007
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I am a big fan of Ken Follett, and admire that he moves in a seemingly effortless manner between genres. However, his best work is found in the "great historical novel", and he has delivered handsomely with this latest effort.

This is being touted as a sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth" which is true enough, but it is also a little misleading, as it is set 200 years after the tales told in that magnificent novel, and as such can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. Having said that though, if you haven't read "Pillars of the Earth" - do - it is magnificent!

Knowledge of this wonderful earlier work will be helpful, as there is reference to characters from that time and being familiar with their adventures certainly gives you some insight into what is happening at the time, but if you are new to Follett's work, please don't let this put you off. He mentions enough of the earlier characters (without being boring to those readers who know the book SO well)for any new reader to have an idea of what has happened before.

The tale seems simple enough - 4 very different young people witness a fight in the forrest which leads to death and the hiding of a great secret, and this reverberates through their lives for years to come. What is not simple enough is the detail that goes in to these character's lives - they are all wonderful in their own different ways, and we can all feel that we can see the world they live in, taste their food, smell the odours of their environment and rejoice and mourn as they do.

Follett is also the master of understanding how humans think; how they plot and scheme, and how the whims of fate can change a life that seems completely planned and organised. And all of this in a magnificent medieval setting with court intrigue, pious devotion, illness and the whims of nature! What more could you want?

If you like a good hefty historical novel with a great plot, detailed environment and well drawn and very engaging characters, you will NOT be disappointed. It is wonderful and I recommend it highly.

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review by . January 01, 2010
"World Without End" continues the story of Kingsbridge, a medieval town noted for the awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral designed and built some 200 hundred years earlier in the 12th century by Jack Builder.       Gwenda, a female medieval version of the Artful Dodger, is one of five starving children in a very poor family. Despite the horrific punishment that sees the hands chopped off a convicted thief, she's being raised by her father to be a cut-purse and a pickpocket. …
review by . January 03, 2009
World Without End Ken Follett   In this follow up to The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett picks up the story line exactly where he left us years ago. World Without End  is truly a masterpiece, with rich characters, scenery, smells and sights of the Middle Ages without ever leaving your own home. This epic novel covers years in the live of many characters examing the interlacing of relationships between a village and its people, leaders, rebels, outlaws, priests and nuns. Powerful entities …
review by . March 29, 2009
World without End
    When four children meet in the forest to practice shooting the arrows made by one of them, Merthin, none can imagine the way their lives will intersect over the years. After a solemn promise to a wounded knight, Merthin honors the confidence and remains forever enamored of Caris, who encounters many obstacles in determining her future, many the result of her inordinate intelligence in a world that gives short shrift to women; Ralph fulfills his destiny as a man of action …
review by . January 09, 2009
The story is great. Yes, some may call it a bit obvious at times, or even predictable, but I found it to be a great story for a long daily commute.    Plenty has been written about the story itself, so I'll mention the things I found important with the audio CDs.    One of the things I have come to love about certain mastering processes with these audio books is when they let you know the disc is over. And not only that, tell you which disc to put in next. …
review by . December 17, 2007
Historical purists will not be pleased. Neither will readers who make their selections based on the length of a book, or people who object to a little sex in their reading (World is hardly pornography), or religious fundamentalists.   But those who enjoy ripping epic adventures, historical settings, compelling characters, and plot twist after twist, should have a fine time in World Without End. Yes, it mimics its predecessor, but that is precisely what I, for one, was hoping for. Jumping …
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  • Topped the Belgian best-seller list (November 2008)
  • #1 on The Sunday Times paperback best-seller list (19 October 2008)
  • Topped the French best-seller list within a week of publication (October 2008)
  • #1 on The New York Times best-seller list (28 October)
  • #1 on The Globe and Mail bestseller list (26 October)
  • #1 on the Booksellers New Zealand best-seller list (26 October)
  • #1 on the Entertainment Weekly best-seller list (26 October)
  • #1 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list (22 October)
  • #1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list (13 October)
  • #1 on the Sony e-book best-seller list in the USA (13 October)
  • #3 on The Sunday Times best-seller list (28 October)
  • #2 in Spain (English edition, 17 October)
  • #3 in Germany (English edition, 17 October)
  • Topped the Italian best-seller list within a week of publication (October)
    • Toppedfdsf the Belgian best-sellist (November 2008)
    • #1 on The Sunday Times paperback best-seller list (19 October 2008)
    • Topped the French best-seller list within a week of publication (October 2008)
    • #1 on The New York Times best-seller list (28 October)
    • #1 on The Globe and Mail bestseller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Booksellers New Zealand best-seller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Entertainment Weekly best-seller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list (22 ...
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ISBN-10: 0525950079
ISBN-13: 978-0525950073
Author: Ken Follett
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
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